THE V6-powered Mercedes-Benz X350d will arrive locally in December, with a price tag starting from $73,270.
The 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission, punches out 190kW and 550Nm (from 1400-3200rpm). For comparison’s sake, the X250d gets 140kW and 450Nm from its four cylinders.
The X350d will be available in two grade levels: Progressive (listed at $73,270) and Power (listed at $79,415). Engine aside, the X350d will maintain much of the specifications of its four-cylinder stablemates. However, a few compelling extras have been added.
To distinguish the V6 from the models with fewer cylinders, both variants get V6 badging on the fender and X350d 4MATIC badging on the rear tailgate. The lower-grade Progressive then adds Keyless-Go, two-zone Thermotronic air-con and 18-inch light-alloys; while the Power gets an aluminium dash trim, a black roof liner and 19-inch light-alloys.
In addition to the safety features carried over from the X250d, the X350d gets Active Lane Keeping Assist, to keep the vehicle on track via one-sided braking and steering-wheel vibration alerts if one should veer. The Power also gets a 360-degree camera as standard.
The X350d also gains 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with low-range reduction gear, a diff lock on the rear axle, and a centre diff lock with a 40/60 front-to-rear torque distribution.
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The driver will also be able to select between three all-wheel drive modes – 4MAT, 4H and 4L – as well as driving modes through a Dynamic Select system – Comfort, Eco, Sport, Manual and Offroad – which, among other things, can modify engine response and transmission shift points.
The X350d’s off-road capabilities mirror those of the X250d.
Wading depth: 600mm
Ground clearance: 222mm
Approach angle: 30°
Departure angle: 25°
Rampover angle: 22°
The four-cylinder X-Class landed in Australia in April this year. In the latest VFACTS report – June, 2018 – Mercedes-Benz has sold 722 X-Class 4x4s.